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What is the visual concept behind squared, boxed or Z patterned letters in logo design?

I am willing to know the visual concept or communication behind such logo designs like IDEO's forming or surrounded by a flat square shape and contains only 4 letters or symbols. See the images as ...
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Copyright on derivative work of the symbol of access

I made some icons for the german definitions of access derived from the well known symbol of access for a website. Now I have multiple requests, if the symbols are free to use. I like to host them on ...
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Icon to represent “usable offline”

I have two versions of my application: online: Requires Internet connection to function properly offline: Can be used offline, for instance in the plane QUESTION: How to represent the fact that an ...
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Illustrator symbols: How to edit symbol to affect mulitiple files?

QUESTION Part 1. As far as I know, when you edit a symbol, it affects all instances of the symbol within the current document open. Is there a way to have the changes affect other documents? ...
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Cascade changes on symbols library accross multiple files in Illustrator CC

Illustrator CC has a symbols feature, where I can create symbols and place multiple instances of them in a document. It also allows me to save a symbols library as a .ai file, so I can use the same ...
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Is there a way to batch export Illustrator symbols as pngs?

I use Illustrator as my main graphics program for building modular UI components. Context: I'm exploring an animation software, Pixate, and will need to upload all UI assets to the project library ...
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How do you indicate visually that a shower is for women?

When you see toilet signs, they look more or less like this: It is clear who can enter either of them. Now, say you are designing the signs for showers and you want to distinguish between the ones ...
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Illustrator CC: Pixel perfect align Symbols and linked Documents

I am just trying to align created Symbols or linked docs in Illustrator to pixel. For some reason the "align to pixel"-option does apply to everything besides linked docs and symbols. Is there any ...
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Photoshop: 9-Slice-Scaling

is it possible to create a 9-Slice-Object within Photoshop? I haven't found that feature yet, and can't find any help through google. Doesn't Photoshop support it? thanks in advance
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Structured pattern, random elements in Illustrator

I'm trying to make a subtle background out of a collection of symbols, arranged in randomly order in multiple roughly structured rows. A bit like: The Symbol Sprayer Tool is close to what I need, ...
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How do I import a set of symbols in Sketch 3?

How do I import symbols from one project into another. For instance, I've downloaded the Bootstrap 3 resource, and I want to bring the symbols into another project I'm working on without copying and ...
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IS there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates in illustrator

Is there any way to place the symbol in its original coordinates? lets say I drew a path that have a coordinates of 3cm from the top right position of my artboard. and I make it as a symbol. now in a ...
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What icon can i use to reperesent twins [closed]

Im designing a logo and need some symbols to represent twins or 2. Thank you
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How can I Change the color of a bunch of symbols in Illustrator

I have a set of flat objects and they are independent, they only share the same file. I mean they are all in one single .AI file. How can I Change the colors of those objects while they are in symbol ...
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Resources on non-European heraldry and flags?

I was wondering if there was some good resources about non-European heraldry, flags and symbols like this one. My research yielded no good results. The History SE told me to come here. I'm looking ...
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Can I Illustrator Symbols with editable text that does not update all instances?

I was wondering if it's possible to create Symbols with editable text elements in Illustrator CS6, i.e. when using form elements in wire framing. I'm seeking to use live text in symbols but not have ...
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Is there a symbol that means “purchase” across cultures?

Background: I am creating a graphical game which will be deployed on both mobile and desktop platforms, and across many cultures/languages. When the user sees a screen where there's an opportunity ...
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Scaling a symbol in Sketch scales all instances of that symbol

Title pretty much says it all, but the problem is simple. Say I have a logo imported from illustrator or whatever. I make it a symbol, and then I use it in one place in my design. Looks great. But ...
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Can a logo have two symbols?

I’ve just made this logo for a client. I hit on the idea of making the dd of “saddle” a bicycle. But the client also liked the mock up of the saddle with call out sign (to the right of Swag). Now the ...
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Is there any specific symbol or color for 'Talent'?

I'm designing a logo which is somehow related to Talent. What symbols or colors can (or are good to) represent Talent? By talent, I mean a natural ability to do something well. I already have ...
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Icons for hardware elements (cache, pipeline, etc.)

I am trying to find symbols for hardware elements which are not usually visible and do not have AFAIK a more recognizable symbol, such as caches, pipelines, etc. It's in the context of a ...
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what can be a good icon for indicating postpone?

I make to-do lists at work on post its for things I have to do. e.g. Make the software more usable. Change radioboxes to checkboxes. Refactor code. Commit and merge with master branch. Now I have ...
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What symbol to choose to indicate a subcategory or next page

In a very short descriptive text I want to indicate that a user has to open several cascading/nested sections in a menu structure. At the moment I use the > character to indicate the structure. But is ...
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Is there a generally accepted symbol for “accountant”?

I have been informed (by an accountant) that the international symbol for an accountant is this: Whilst a search on Google retrieves a few similar symbols, they are not of sufficient quantity or ...
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How to ignore objects outside clipping masks in symbols in Adobe Illustrator

I have created an illustration of a box out of 3 simple shapes in Adobe Illustrator CC. They are actually 3 clipping masks that clip 3 different embedded raster textures. I then turned the whole group ...
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What is the best way to represent show and hide in icons?

I have a web page that has a list of columns of information. All columns have names and then some of the columns have items in them. I want to have an icon to represent Hide all empty columns ...
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How to denote time? Is it ok to use degree and prime symbols?

I'm aware that there is an international standard on how to display date-time, ISO 8601 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601). But we all know that it's not that common. Maybe it is in engineering, ...
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Is there a term for this “gripper” UI element?

What is the official name of this image ? It is often found on the side of a panel widget for dragging. Is it named "gripper"? A Google search doesn't return a lot of results for "gripper icon".
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How to represent silver, platinum and diamond?

Most websites uses a scheme of bronze, silver, gold, platinum, and maybe even diamond to rank service plans they may provide. In my website design, I want to the users to have a dot next to the ...
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Icons and text (daycare) for “pee pee” and “poo poo” without being gross?

I have buttons where the daycare worker can select that a child went to the bathroom. They choose whether they "pee'd" or "pooped" (or however you say that in a politically correct way). I want to ...
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Icons (or term) to show breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack(each)?

I have a page where the user selects breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner. I have the words below each button. I cannot seem to figure out what icon I can use to differentiate each. So that the user says ...
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How can an Icon symbolize “Search Relevance”?

What's a relatively simple image that could be used as an icon to symbolize "Relevance", such as Search Relevance? I really can't think of anything that would be instantly recognizable, or even that ...
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Name for this Symbol

Does anyone know anything about this symbol? A name or meaning? Something religious? I took the picture of the symbol in Hohensalzburg Castle in Austria. I can not find anything about it. I'm mainly ...
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Apply graphic styles to objects in a clip group

I can't seem to apply graphic styles to objects if they're behind a clipping mask. I encountered this problem when I wanted to use graphic styles in order to change the fill colour of a symbol ...
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Use Ink Bottle Tool to outline shapes converted to symbol in Flash CS 5

I have been teaching myself Flash CS 5 and attempting to do some simple animations. I have created a simple bat drawing that I am attempting to animate. I read that it is a good idea to break ...
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Automatically apply different fonts based on text/symbol

I'm working on layout for a 300-page trilingual “coffee table” style textbook, and one of the languages uses a glottal stop symbol which the chosen body text font can't handle. This means that for ...
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What size, spacing and baseline shift for tm and numerals in superscript?

Is there a set formula / ratio for creating a trademark symbol (TM) or adjusting numerals such as 2nd or 3rd to create the proper visual effect on the superscript? Currently I always just eyeball it ...
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How to make a line in illustrator with $ signs

The behavior I'm looking for is similar to how one can make a path line dashed. Except, instead of being dashes, I'd love to make it show $ signs. Thanks for your help!
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How can I move multiple objects towards a central point in Illustrator?

I want to move a set of objects towards a central point. Think moving objects that are outlining a circle towards the middle. I know you can do this through the bounding box, but that results in the ...
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What are some obscure/rare/endangered/extinct typographic symbols?

Just discovered the "asterism" today: ⁂ Super cool. I had never heard of it or seen it before. Wikipedia has more about it. What other typographic symbols are out there that were never all that ...
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Unicode character that conveys 'synchronization'?

In current common usage, is there a Unicode character consisting of two arrows in a circle, or similar character that could convey 'synchronization'? For instance something like: I browsed the ...
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What is the name of this heart-like decorative symbol?

I occasionally come across a symbol that looks like this: It looks to me like some sort of stylized heart, or maybe some kind of fruit on a branch. It is often used to separate blocks of text, for ...
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Retaining Slices Made Within a Symbol in Fireworks

I've been working with FW for a little while now, and I've come to using symbols for sections of a site in my designs. Mostly things like a header or a footer and the occasional sidebar. These parts ...
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“A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image”

Trying to create a symbol in Illustrator CS6, a pop-up says A symbol definition cannot contain a linked image. I have two questions: Why? I mean, what's the motivation for not allowing this? (I'm a ...
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Flatten transparency of derivative colors [closed]

I'm creating an illustration in Ai CS3 heavily using symbols. I need to create derivative symbols, out of other symbols, with lighter colors. The transparency tool is for color seek, but as soon as I ...
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How can I make Symbols in Illustrator like I would in Flash?

I have a quite complex draw in Illustrator (let's say, lots of vectors and that), and I have to make a mosaic for printing a hole page of them. It's complex enough to be memory-heavy, so when I try ...
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Illustrator: Change the colors of a symbol

Is it possible to change the colors of a symbol in a document without breaking the link with its original shape. Eg.: I have a square a symbol. I have two I races of them in my document. I want on ...
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How would you represent i/o as an icon?

This has caused me to lose sleep and not get my weekly pat in the back from my boss. We have a web hosting related product that consists of database, bandwidth and I/O sub-products. To represent the ...
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Protect text in symbols from overriding by graphic styles in illustrator cs5

Setting graphic styles for symbols affect all elements in that symbol, including text. I need it to stay as it is. Is there a way to protect some elements (text, in my case) from being altered by ...
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What symbol indicates a reference to another page?

Historically, or in current common usage, are there any typography symbols which have the meaning "see page" or "refer to page", which can be placed near the page number?